Global Haiku • Fall 2023
Dr. Randy Brooks

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Kailyn Coates




A Kaleidoscope of Haiku

Kailyn Coates

After wrapping up this semester I can easily say that I have grown as a writer. I have learned so much about the art of haiku and how to create reader-writer relationships within my work. The following haiku is a collection of my friends, family, and personal favorites. I named this collection A Kaleidoscope of Haiku because it portrays changing colors, patterns, and reflections of my mind.

Reader's Introduction

Kailyn’s haiku are messy and realistic, which makes them very unique. She covers a variety of topics but can make a connection with the reader in each one. This collection of haiku is very to the point and can leave the reader wanting more of the story. Leaving the ending up for interpretation is important in haiku and Kailyn portrays this well. There is not one haiku that I did not thoroughly enjoy from this collection. Very well done! ~Elly Hermanson


I dedicate this collection of haiku to my mom. She supports me through every step of my education and has been my biggest cheerleader. She has read my haiku countless times and for that I am grateful. I Love You Mom!!

field mice whisper
through the rows of beans
the sun slowly fades purple

asphalt beneath our feet
she holds the flashlight
as we walk in silence

word vomit
I see red
it hurts all over

turning back
my childhood bedroom

anger builds
reaching new levels
I speak my truth . . . for the first time

cobwebs cover
the old barn
a dog whines

momma's cooking
never felt
more alone

I take a drive 
in silence 
just to feel something

my hero
not who they used to be
my villain

holding your
loved one's hand
while you can't

cherry red nails 
diamond broach 
Nana’s home for the holidays

swings me around
the wooden porch creaks
in the kaleidoscope of colors

God planted
a caring seed
nursing chose me

© 2023, Randy Brooks • Millikin University
All rights returned to authors upon publication.